7 days in Bhutan Itinerary

7 days in Bhutan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Bhutan journey planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Thimphu
— 2 nights
Drive
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Gangtey
— 1 night
Drive
3
Bumthang
— 1 night
Drive
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Paro
— 2 nights
Fly

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Thimphu

— 2 nights
The kingdom's capital and most modern city, Thimphu offers a mix of ancient traditions and modern commercialism.
Simply Bhutan Museum and Royal Textile Academy of Bhutan will appeal to museum buffs. Step off the beaten path and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Walking tours. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Changangkha Lhakhang, get a sense of history and politics at Tashichho Dzong (Thimpu Dzong), pause for some photo ops at Kuenselphodrang, and take in panoramic vistas at Clock Tower Square.

For other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Thimphu driving holiday planner.

Hyderabad, India to Thimphu is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and car; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 0.5 hours traveling from Hyderabad to Thimphu. Traveling from Hyderabad in January, expect Thimphu to be much colder, temps between 16°C and -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Gangtey.

Things to do in Thimphu

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 10:

Gangtey

— 1 night
Surrounded by towering mountains and traversed by two meandering rivers, Gangtey is one of the most pristine tourist sites in Bhutan, set in a wide, flat glacial valley.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): appreciate the views at Phobjikha Valley and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangtey Monastery.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Gangtey tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Thimphu to Gangtey takes 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to drive to Bumthang.

Things to do in Gangtey

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 10 — 11:

Bumthang

— 1 night
Plan a trip to Bumthang to discover an area as rich in culture as it is in sweeping valley views.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): indulge your thirst for a good beer at Bumthang Brewery, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kurje Lhakhang, and then examine the collection at Ogyen Choling Palace Museum.

Discover how to plan a Bumthang trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can drive from Gangtey to Bumthang in 5.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Paro.

Things to do in Bumthang

Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 11 — 12:

Paro

— 2 nights
A charming historic town with many sacred sites cradled in a verdant valley, Paro offers a scenic base to explore the important Buddhist attractions and pristine nature around it.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): see the interesting displays at National Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kyichu Lhakhang, and then steep yourself in history at Paro Taktsang. Here are some ideas for day two: soothe aching muscles at Tshetob Ying Yum and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Dzongdrakha Monastry.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Paro vacation planner.

You can drive from Bumthang to Paro in 4.5 hours. January in Paro sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of -1°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Paro

Historic Sites · Spas · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 12 — 14:

Bhutan travel guide

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Historic Sites · Scenic Drive · Sacred & Religious Sites
Last Shangrila
Thanks to its location in the Himalayas, tiny Bhutan's main tourist attraction is its stunning natural scenery. The last of the world's Buddhist kingdoms, this mountainous country boasts stretches of fertile land and a small population surviving on subsistence farming. Visitors seeking culturally enriching experiences take a trip to Bhutan to discover a mysterious and magic mountain kingdom where traditional Buddhism slowly and carefully accepts the developments of the modern world. Popular things to do in this "Last Shangrila" include bird-watching, hiking, and biking through some of the planet's least-spoiled wilderness areas, where commercial tourism still seems a concept from a distant future.